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    You'll be much happier with an underquilt. In...

    You'll be much happier with an underquilt. In the 45F-65F range you can probably get by with a pad in the short term, but you'll likely want an underquilt as soon as you can get one. In that...
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    Update on this: KAM snaps were *not* the way to...

    Update on this: KAM snaps were *not* the way to go for closing up the footbox! I'll post pictures of this later on to show what I ended up with. I never did get around to adding the grosgrain to...
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    I started carrying a small piece (roughly 3ft x...

    I started carrying a small piece (roughly 3ft x 6ft) of plastic sheeting every time I camp. I don't remember the exact thickness, but it's probably the 3mil thick black plastic sheeting from Lowes. ...
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    There are ways to ground pitch. There are...

    There are ways to ground pitch. There are multiple videos on youtube with different approaches. Shug's is a good place to start:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j54vMKGhiQ
    If you normally take...
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    I have a 20deg Yeti and have used it several...

    I have a 20deg Yeti and have used it several times. See some of my comments and questions here: https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/161480-Yeti-UQ-with-Chameleon-hammock

    It is...
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    Likely not. Apart from a stint in Orlando from...

    Likely not. Apart from a stint in Orlando from 2002-2008, I've been in Huntsville since 86. It is definitely a completely different city now from what I remember growing up with. Happily, there is...
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    I managed to get out this past weekend and get...

    I managed to get out this past weekend and get another night hanging in the hammock. Overnight low was 16deg, and windchill was in the single digits. I had my 20deg yeti with an underquilt...
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    Blueridge DIY multi-function quilt

    First, a caveat: This is intended as a warm-weather quilt. I have other 20deg quilts to use when it gets cold, so this will only be used on warm campouts (probably down to upper 40s) or will be...
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    UQ suspension attachment

    I'm turning one of Costco (actually Amazon) down throw blankets into an underquilt and was trying to decide the best way to do the suspension. The simple approach is just to sew or tie shock cord to...
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    I'll second the neck gaiter along with the beanie...

    I'll second the neck gaiter along with the beanie on your head. The beanie can take care of the top of your head, and the gaiter can help warm your neck and face. I have a pair of thick smartwool...
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    It's been more than 20 years since I was a Boy...

    It's been more than 20 years since I was a Boy Scout, but I don't recall custom merit badges being an option (they may have been and I just wasn't aware). My understanding of the BSA hammock camping...
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    I think this is the original BSA merit badge...

    I think this is the original BSA merit badge thread:
    https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php/31764-BSA-Hammock-Merit-Badge-Help-Needed
    I think that group buy was back in 2011.
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    That's awesome! Great to run into a couple more...

    That's awesome! Great to run into a couple more Trail Life families on here. I'm our Troop Committee Chair right now and have 3 sons in the program. My oldest two are both Navigators (year 1 and...
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    Hammock Camping Trail Badge

    My sons are part of a scouting organization called Trail Life USA. It has a lot of similarities with the Boy Scout program, though Trail Life uses the term "Trail Badges" instead of "Merit Badges." ...
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    I bet that for that kind of price, Tensa would be...

    I bet that for that kind of price, Tensa would be willing to consider a special-order carbon fiber version of their stand!
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    FS: The 4th picture shows the label for the bottom...

    The 4th picture shows the label for the bottom quilt and indicates it is a 0deg incubator.
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    Unfortunately, I haven't been able to revisit...

    Unfortunately, I haven't been able to revisit this since the spring, as it's been way too warm in Alabama to use a 20deg UQ! Either later on this month or next month, I'll likely pull this quilt...
  18. FS: Funds sent.

    Funds sent.
  19. FS: I'll take it. PM incoming.

    I'll take it.
    PM incoming.
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    I'm another one that usually sleeps on my side or...

    I'm another one that usually sleeps on my side or stomach at home. I end up staying pretty much on my back in the hammock, though my actual position is typically with my shoulders rotated about...
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    Deciding on top quilt

    I'm trying to make a final decision on a topquilt. I've been using sleeping bags in my hammock for a while now, and Christmas is coming, so it's time for the next purchase!

    I was almost...
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    FS: Per PM conversation, I'll take the DWG Chameleon...

    Per PM conversation, I'll take the DWG Chameleon top cover with integrated side car for $40. Will send payment shortly.
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    Also, I posted pictures originally over in the...

    Also, I posted pictures originally over in the trip reports section, but here is my stand in action on a campout a couple weeks ago. We had some pretty significant wind and rain blow through, but it...
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    No, it's definitely not a design requirement. ...

    No, it's definitely not a design requirement. Basically, that calculator gives the approximate ridgeline length that corresponds to a 90degree angle between the poles. That angle can be larger or...
  25. Definitely more of a hill over there. And yes,...

    Definitely more of a hill over there. And yes, the rainbow was glorious. The picture really doesn't do it justice. We had a full arc all the way to the ground in both directions. The secondary...
  26. Weathering a storm in a DIY hammock stand

    Had another Trail Life Scouts campout with my sons this past weekend near Lynchburg, TN. With a couple hundred people expected and assigned camping areas in a large field, stands were required for...
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    I now have 7 nights completed with my...

    I now have 7 nights completed with my Chameleon+Yeti. I don't have anything to compare it to, since it's my first hammock/UQ setup. I have noticed that the UQ suspension is pulled much tighter than...
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    I have the tarpworms for my tarp tie-outs and...

    I have the tarpworms for my tarp tie-outs and have been using a pair of Tarp Flyz for the tarp ridgeline tie-outs. I love the tarpworms. I already picked up two extra sets for tarps for my kids. I...
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    Tarp for two hammocks

    My wife has become interested in hammock camping and backpacking. This past weekend, we hung hammocks next to each other off of some closely spaced trees. My 11' hex tarp really wasn't sufficient -...
  30. Thread: Backpack Size

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    I have an old Gregory Shasta that I got when I...

    I have an old Gregory Shasta that I got when I was a teenager. It's over 6lbs and has something like 85L. Since getting back into backpacking over the last 6 months and doing research on gear and...
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    The biggest challenge with a single tarp would be...

    The biggest challenge with a single tarp would be water pooling in the center. I'm not sure what the best option would be yet. If I did a single tarp, I would probably intentionally punch a hole in...
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    One other tip if you decide to make such a...

    One other tip if you decide to make such a structure: Flagging tape on the rebar stakes is super helpful. The stakes are all 14' apart, and when they're first hammered into the ground, especially...
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    For the large stand, I'm using the directions...

    For the large stand, I'm using the directions posted here:
    http://theultimatehang.com/2013/04/02/3-person-hammock-stand/
    I did fix the length of all the ropes along the ground at 9.5' and the ropes...
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    Weekend family campout with the scouts

    My 3 sons are all in the Trail Life Scouts program, and we had a family campout this past weekend near Lynchburg, TN. I'm still getting my Chameleon hammock dialed in, but it's getting better with...
  35. It takes multiple nights of tweaking how you hang...

    It takes multiple nights of tweaking how you hang your hammock, position underquilts, and lay in the hammock to get it to be truly comfortable. The most comfortable hammock in the world will likely...
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    I built a stand based on Mike Jones's build from...

    I built a stand based on Mike Jones's build from Tensahedron's site:
    https://www.tensaoutdoor.com/make-your-own-tensahedron-stand/

    On my initial setup, it was really unstable, and I spent a while...
  37. Thread: Needle Choice

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    Needle Choice

    My wife has a good bit of experience making quilts for beds, but she has not yet had occasion to sew rip-stop nylon or other materials used in hammocks, tarps, and insulation. We recently got a...
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    Thanks for all the comments, everyone. Lots of...

    Thanks for all the comments, everyone. Lots of helpful advice here. I watched Shug's video as well. I think the next step is to bolt some 2x4s to the walls in my garage so I can try adjusting the...
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    Having trouble getting comfortable

    This past weekend, I finally got to put new hammock system through its paces on a 2 night backpacking trip. It did not go nearly as well as I had hoped.
    I'm very new to hammocking, though I've been...
  40. I have two of those One Tigris underquilts for my...

    I have two of those One Tigris underquilts for my kids. My 12 year old actually used it this past weekend on a backpacking trip.Pros:

    One of the cheapest underquilts I could find.
    Seems pretty...
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    FS: I'll take it (both the brown and the olive green...

    I'll take it (both the brown and the olive green tarps).

    (PM sent)
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    Yeti UQ with Chameleon hammock

    I got my brand new Chameleon hammock about a week ago, and my Yeti UQ arrived yesterday. I'm planning to set them up in the yard this weekend for an overnight test before going on a short...
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    Thanks for the feedback. There's some good...

    Thanks for the feedback. There's some good information here. The original plan for this campout was to stay at a State Park in a car camping scenario with my son's scout troop. We're doing a gear...
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    Cold weather with insufficient UQs

    I'm camping this weekend with my son in the middle of the polar vortex (or whatever this weather system actually is). Forecast Friday night is around 20degrees, and I'm expecting it to be a bit...
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    Reversing Yeti UQs?

    I ordered a Warbonnet Yeti last week, along with a Chameleon. I'm sure I'll be happy with the standard lay that the Yeti is designed to match. I was wondering though if it's possible to flip the...
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    Thanks. I doubt my gear will be in by then. I'm...

    Thanks. I doubt my gear will be in by then. I'm actually camping out with my son this coming weekend. 20 degree weather in a Fox hammock with a 50 degree OneTigtis UQ is going to be interesting....
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    New hammocker in Alabama

    Hello all. I'm an engineer in Huntsville, AL. I used to do a fair bit of camping and backpacking when I was growing up, but that was quite some time ago. Between school, work, and raising kids, I...
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